Sunday, November 28, 2010

NaNoWriMo 2010, Day 27, And a Review of Splice

38495 / 50000 words. 77% done!

Today was definitely a very strong day, writing-wise. I am starting to catch myself cheating, mostly in little ways: adding extraneous words where they aren't needed (bad), or too much detail to a scene or an action (good - I'll at least have a best of breed when I'm done cutting).

During the writing grind I ended up watching Splice, since my wife was upstairs playing The Sims 3 and wouldn't have to sit through it. I predict that this movie is going to ruin the hobby of biohacking for everyone for years to come.

Here's what I learned from watching Splice (vague spoilers ahoy):
  • While those two bright-eyed young biohackers might be brilliant, they will fuck up your company's bottom line and may very well get you killed. If they won't wear a damn lab coat, fire them immediately.
  • Ask about your girlfriend/wife's childhood after a few years. Her childhood traumas will eventually bite you in the ass.
  • Don't let your girlfriend/wife talk you into a child you don't want.
  • Don't let your girlfriend/wife talk you into a blasphemy of science you don't want.
  • Never do a live show with animals.
  • Genetically-altered animals will change their gender, not because of environmental pressures, but just because they damn well feel like it.
  • The proper way to discipline your blasphemy of science is to tie it down, strip it naked, and mutilate it while speaking into a tape recorder. Because that will teach it to behave.
  • You can get yourself covered in all sorts of genetically-altered bodily fluids without any ill-effects whatsoever.
  • Do not fuck your science experiments.
  • Do not allow your science experiments to fuck you.
And that's all I have to say about that. I give the movie 3 out of 5 stars, mostly because I suspect something very similar is going to happen in somebody's garage in my lifetime and I think an educated populace is a safer populace.

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